Definition of volvulus in English:



  • An obstruction caused by twisting of the stomach or intestine.

    mass noun ‘caecal volvulus’
    • ‘Postoperatively, the patient had a distal intestinal obstruction requiring reduction of a volvulus.’
    • ‘Complications can include volvulus, intestinal obstruction, infarction, perforation, and hemorrhage.’
    • ‘Recurrent volvulus is rare, but a second bowel obstruction due to adhesions (scar tissue build-up after any type of abdominal surgery) could occur later.’
    • ‘Causes of intestinal obstruction include volvulus, intussusception, incarcerated hernia, and postoperative adhesions.’
    • ‘A volvulus was noted at the level of the terminal ileum, caused by adhesions from the cecum to the small bowel, forming a closed loop obstruction that was causing some bowel wall congestion.’


Late 17th century: modern or medieval Latin, from Latin volvere ‘to roll’.